The opportunity to choose is utterly meaningless and
irrelevant when the supposed choices that are offered are fundamentally
the same ones with different packaging.
In the 21st Century, different packaging is in this
instance essentially what is known as corporate branding, which means
that messages, images, and imagery target a mass (and often undiscerning)
audience. These messages, images, and imagery rarely have anything whatsoever
to do with reality. The objective of corporate branding is of course massive
manipulation, not the dissemination of truth or the positing of reality.
No genuine democracy can survive or function in the absence
of a well informed populace. The United States of America holds fake
elections, with fake choices, manipulated by a well entrenched corporate
plutocracy designed to ensure that the process of democracy is hollow and but a
cruel fake. Such is the present political and economic state of affairs in this
The Democratic and Republican parties offer the
masses of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people the de facto non-choice
of either euphemistic death by drowning or death by hanging. Thus, no
real choice is offered at all. As the politicos of the Democratic Party foxes
and the Republican Party wolves feed, like swine, from the bottomless
blood-drenched financial trough of the corporate / military elite, democracy
is rendered null and void.
Ultimately, nothing short of a total break with and from the
corporate Democratic and Republican parties can offer any viable possibility of
attaining a genuine people’s democracy in this nation. The notion that these
corporate politicians can be pushed to serve the interests of everyday people
is absurd. Money (and lots of it)is the common denominator to which these
politicians swarm and which greases their palms, at the repeated expense of
everyday people and democracy itself.
Greed and the lust for power have no color or gender
boundaries. It’s time for people in this nation to grow up and smell reality. It’s time to reject and disconnect
from the entire corporate-stream media, including the corporately
sponsored Public Broadcasting System (PBS). (Remember how proudly PBS touted
its corporate sponsorship by the so-called “green” giant British Petroleum
(BP), prior to the horrific oil volcano and ongoing ecological disaster
emanating from the Gulf of Mexico?!) Even now, the corporate-stream media, the
Obama/Biden administration, and the rest of the corporate suckling piglets of
the Democratic and Republican parties pretend that the disaster in the Gulf of
Mexico has somehow been fundamentally fixed, when in fact its immeasurably
terrible consequences have only just begun and will continue for decades if not
centuries. Of course, the same can be said with respect to the continued
U.S. bloodletting in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan (to name but a few)while
civilians in those countries are murdered and many U.S. troops continue to
return in body bags or deeply psychologically scarred. But it’s basically okay,
or so the corporate stream media would lead us to believe. It’s not
Indeed, the “hope and change” of Barack Obama and his wily
“Democrats” is a fool’s gold. And the antics of the Republicans is ridiculous,
cruel, and just more of the same. It is time for everyday people to take
democracy back, out of the hands of the corporate snakes and bandits and their
Corporations are ruling supreme while the so-called ‘Patriot
Act,’ ‘Extraordinary Rendition,’ FBI and other assorted government raids
( against the people of this nation who legitimately dissent this government’s
horrible and misguided policies) have rendered the U.S. Constitution as nothing
more than a gutted, tattered, document---in practical terms--- not even
worth the paper it is inscribed upon.
Take a stand and make a real choice. The non-choice
of death by drowning or by hanging offered by the Democratic Party and the
Republican Party wolves is unacceptable. Cease being lethargic and don’t be
Recognize the Democratic and Republican Parties for who and
what they really are---enemies of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow
people. Notwithstanding corporate-government subterfuge and repression, we must
keep working to form a broad united front for a people’s democracy
throughout this nation.
It cannot be over-emphasized that literally everything
is at stake in this people’s struggle for justice, human rights, and democracy.
There’s so much work to be done!!! Onward then, my sisters and brothers. Onward!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board Member, Larry
Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, the former Minister of
Interior of the Republic of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only
American to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights case to
the United Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights. In connection with his political organizing activities in opposition to
voter suppression, etc., Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally
televised PBS NewsHour, formerly known as TheMacNeil/LehrerNewsHour.
For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist
and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn].
(Click here to read excerpts from the
book). Click here to
contact Mr. Pinkney.